Big Black Smoke

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"Big Black Smoke"
Dead End Street cover.jpg
Single by The Kinks
A-side "Dead End Street"
Released 18 November 1966 (UK)
Format 7" single (45 RPM)
Recorded 1966 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
Genre Rock
Label Pye 7N 17222 (UK)
Writer(s) Ray Davies
Producer(s) Shel Talmy
The Kinks singles chronology
"Sunny Afternoon"
(1966)
"Dead End Street"/
"Big Black Smoke"
(1966)
"Waterloo Sunset"
(1967)

"Big Black Smoke" is the B-side to The Kinks' single "Dead End Street", written by Ray Davies. The song was not originally included on any album, but has since appeared as a track on the popular 1972 Kink Kronikles compilation and as a bonus track on the CD reissue of Face to Face.

The song makes reference to the recreational use of the drug Drinamyl with the lyric "And every penny she had was spent on purple hearts and cigarettes."

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